"We do not remember days, we remember moments." Cesare Pavese

Friday, April 16, 2021

wishing you

 Hey there!  Hope you had a great week.  We are having  AWESOME weather here in the Pacific Northwest!  Sunny and warm temps!  Absolutely love it!   Of course, the lovely weather is scheduled to be gone in the next week... replaced by rain!  But I will take this beautiful weather while I can.  Even though the weather is lovely I really can't go anywhere because... child has school at home.   So I spent part of my day making a card for Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and the April  Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge.   That challenge is mom, dads and grads.  I have a niece who is graduating in June and going to Texas A&M Corpus Christi on a full golf scholarship in the fall (so very proud of her!), but I don't have any RC stamps that fit the grad or dad theme so I went with mom.  I used the pretty Tulips stamp set from RC and colored it with Copic markers in the CTD colors.  The layout based on the FMS sketch, of course.   The SSS Wednesday challenge is clean and simple and while this isn't super simple it is still pretty clean and simple with all the white on white.  All the dies except for the circle die are from Reverse Confetti.   Sketches like the FMS one are a bit tough for me, but I think I pulled this one off! 





Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

hello...

 Hey there!  It is Wednesday and that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the project!  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

alcohol ink cards...

 Hey there... hope you are having a great day!  I have been playing around with alcohol inks the last few days and here two cards that I created using the resulting backgrounds.  First up is a card for the Altenew monthly challenge.  Haven't played along with their monthly challenge in awhile, but I really liked the colors so I decided to create a card.    Earlier in the week I received the Paint A Flower Coral Sunset and so I used that set for my card.  I created the background using purple, blue and green alcohol inks.  Once I had the mix and look I was going for I added little bits of silver foiling to the areas where the alcohol inks were a little thick and sticky.  You can sort of see the silver in the card, but it looks really pretty in real life.  I then stamped the image over my background with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, applied clear embossing powder and heat set.  I die cut the piece down and adhered it to a cardstock base.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Label Love stamp set... and oldie, but goodie!  I brought in a little bit more silver with some silver sequins.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to make a birthday card.  My colors are a bit more intense, but I love how the background turned out!



The second card is for the Pinkfresh Studio monthly challenge.  For this background I used a pink alcohol ink and Gilded Alloy.   This month the challenge is to have gold on your project.  There are other colors provided to use, but to keep things simple I decided to go solely with pink and the Gilded Alloy.  I created the background and then spent time deciding what I was going to do with it!  At first I was going to stamp on it, but then decided that I didn't want to do that because I didn't know what ink to use!  So I decided to cut the piece with my PF Fancy Oval Frame die.   The Yupo paper I used is heavy weight and did not cut well so I ended up not using the frame, but simply the interior oval.  I learned that I do not like using the heavy weight Yupo as it is hard to die cut so I won't be buying that in the future.  I die cut the frame again from textured gold cardstock, twice more from thin white cardstock and adhered them together with spray adhesive.   The frame was adhered to an off white cardstock panel and then I popped up the alcohol ink oval with foam dimensionals.  The floral image is from the Choose Hope stamp set and I embossed that in gold on vellum then die cut it with the matching die.  I adhered that to the frame hiding the glue by applying it behind the embossing.  I die cut additional leaves using one of the dies from the Curvy Leaves die set and adhered those at the top of the card.  The sentiment is from the stamp set and boy did that give me problems!  I stamped and embossed the Hoping fine and then trimmed it out.  I adhered it with glue, but wasn't really thrilled with how it looked.   I stamped the "your birthday is wonderful" sentiment on cardstock and was going to heat emboss it, as well.  When I applied the embossing powder it was a mess!  At first I thought the stamp was flawed, then I realized that there was some residual photopolymer attached to it.  I pulled that off and started over.  Didn't like the sentiment on cardstock so I went with vellum and liked that much better.  Finished off the card with some light pink sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.   Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, too, but will do so through Instagram.


Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

birthday tulips...

 Hello!  Hope you have a good week so far.  I'm popping in with a card for a few challenges:  The Paper Players, Color Throwdown and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  I have been trying to make a card using this tulip image from Simon Says Stamp for about two weeks!  I started out trying to make it for the Inspired By challenge, but only got as far as coloring two tulip images using Copic markers.  The two colored images sat on my desk until earlier this week when I finally sat down and colored a third image and made the card using the Color Throwdown colors.   I had already colored one tulip image in pink and the other in yellow.  I decided to color the third in yellow, as well.  The background piece was cut from kraft cardstock using a Spellbinders essential rectangle die and then embossed using one of my favorite embossing folders called swiss dot.  I reversed the embossing so that the actual raised embossing is on the backside of the rectangle.  I arranged my tulips in a bouquet of sorts and adhere it to the panel.  I then trimmed down some striped vellum that I have, centered the sentiment on the strip and heat embossed it using cream colored embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp.  The strip was wrapped around the panel and secured in the back.  I then adhered the panel to an off white cardstsock base.  I thought the card needed a little more pink so I added sequins in two shades of pink.  




Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Happy Wednesday!

 Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I have a post up on the AJVD blog and I am sharing some new products that recently dropped in the AJVD store!  Here is a peek of my card:


I'm sure you can't figure out what it is, lol!  Hope over to the AJVD blog to see the full card.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Friday, April 2, 2021

happy for you...

 Hello!  Hope you have a lovely week.  We have been having some nice weather leading up to Easter Sunday.  Hoping that Easter is nice, too.  I have a card today that I plan to send to my niece.  I learned the other day that she is having a baby in September!  I'm so excited for her and her husband.  They have a little boy and this time it is going to be a girl!  So... the colors for this week's Color Throwdown were absolutely perfect for a girl-inspired card!   A little over a month ago I purchased a stamp and die set from Stampin Up!  It has been sitting on my crafting space waiting for me to find the right card to use it on.  I stamped the flowers using Altenew's Blush ink and then cut them with the matching dies.  I actually stamped the flowers multiple times, but boy they still are really light!  There are layering dies and I used those as well.  They were cut from off white cardstock and layered on the stamped flowers.  I die cut a small rectangle from off white cardstock and stamped the sentiments from the set in a darker pink and black.  The leaves were die cut from light gray cardstock.  I added the strip down the side using one of my favorite Stampin Up! sets called Kind of Eclectic.   I layered everything up on the white cardstock panel and then finished with pearls to the centers of each flower.  The layout is based on this week's Freshly Made Sketches layout, but not exactly, lol!  Hope it passes muster over at FMS!  Will also be adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Happy Last Day of March!

 Hello and happy last day of March everyone!  Can't believe it is the last day of March and Easter is just days away!  I had Easter in mind when I created today's project for the A Jillian Vance Design blog.  Here is a little peek:


I hope you have a lovely day and Easter!  Don't forget to head over to the AJVD blog to check out my project!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

More Easter Cards...

 Yep... back with more Easter cards!  Gotta get them done... Easter is in one week!  The first card is for the Pinkfresh Studio monthly challenge, as well as Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   The Pinkfresh challenge this month is flowers so I just used that and took more of my color inspiration from the SSS mood board.  I stamped the Pinkfresh Studio/Altenew collaborative stamp set called Celebrate Today on watercolor paper with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then watercolored very simply with Altenew's 12 pan watercolor set.  When dry I die cut it with the matching die.  I trimmed a piece of white cardstock down and then ran it through my die cutting machine in a pretty lattice design embossing folder that I have had for years.  I added a little strip of light gray cardstock at the bottom and then adhered my panel to a white cardstock base and added the floral image.  The sentiment is from A Jillian Vance Design.  I stamped it on white cardstock with the Nocturne ink, die cut it with a banner die and attached.  Finished off the card with some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.





The second card is just a bonus card, really.  I got the March Glimmer kit earlier this month, but just never found time to make anything with it.  I was using my Glimmer the other night to make... yes... Easter cards and Glimmered the sentiment from the kit along with the layering daisies for my card.  I used the Spellbinders Essentials rectangle dies and the inserts that are part of the set on the large pink rectangle and the smaller white rectangle.  The sentiment and the daisy were glimmered using Rose Gold foil, but you really can't tell.  In real life the Rose Gold foil looks so pretty with the pink cardstock.  I layered the rectangles on my card base, added the rose and then finished with a Trinity Stamps Something New pearl in the center.  


Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Friday, March 26, 2021

He is Risen...

 Hello!  Still trying to make some Easter cards and here is another one I got done.  This is for the Revese Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge, as well as the Card Concept and a new to me challenge called Day of the Month Card Club.  I found this challenge through my good friend, Greta!  Both the Card Concept and Day of the Month Card Club challenges feature butterflies.  I pulled out the RC Stained Glass Butterfly stamp and die set and did some Copic coloring using colors from the Card Concept inspiration photo.   The buttefly and the leaves were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink before coloring.  I used the mid sized RC Lacy Scallop rectangle die to cut white cardstock that I stamped with the sentiment from the RC Easter Blessings stamp set.  I then arranged the butterfly and leaves on the panel.  I die cut some purple cardstock with the largest Lacy Scallop rectangle die and adhered that to a white cardstock base.   The sentiment panel was then adhered to that.  I thought about adding some sequins, but obviously didn't in the end.  My card would fall into the clean and layered category at the Card Concept




Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Simon Says Stamp All the Feels Release!

 Hello, hello!   Simon Says Stamp's All the Feels new release is now live and you can shop it here! (Affiliate link used).  Simon was kind enough to send me the super cute Bear Hugs die set to create with.  Thanks, Simon!   When I saw the die set I immediately thought of Mother's day and Father's day cards.  So I created to cards in that theme.  

As you can see for the Mother's day card I went with white, pink and a little bit of soft gray.  For the background I used the Simon Says Stamp Heart to Heart background stamp.  I stamped it in a medium pink ink and then again with watermark ink.  Clear embossing powder was applied and heat set.  I then used Spun Sugar distress oxide ink to ink blend the background.   The bears were die cut from white, pink and soft gray and then layered on the backing piece.  I love that Simon included a backing die for this set!   The sentiment is from a very old Simon Says Stamp Valentine's day stamp set called Roses for You that has a matching die.  I die cut the love you and then stamped the outline with the medium pink ink.  Additional words were cut, layered behind the top one and then adhered below the bears.  


The Father's day card is a little bit stepped up from the Mother's day card in that I used the Center Cut Geometric Pattern background stamp and die cut the center circle and then popped it up on my card base.  The bears were cut from two shades of brown cardstock and then layered along with the red heart.  I used the same sentiment that I used on the first card.   I finished off the card with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew for the bears' eyes and noses.  

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out the new release right here!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Happy Spring!

 Hello!  Are you playing along with the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's blog hop?  The hop ends on Friday and there are a ton of prizes available to win.  A Jillian Vance Design is a super sponsor.  Just click over to the AJVD blog to see my coffee themed project.  Here is a little peek:


Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to head over to the AJVD blog to see what I made!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Easter Blessings...

 Hello!  Hope you are having a good day.   Popping in with a card for a few challenges:   Paper Players, Fusion and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   The Paper Players challenge is to create a clean and simple card with an animal.  I have a butterfly on my card and so I hope that counts, but if you look really closely at the light blue oval there are tiny rabbits on it.    The inspiration photo at Fusion features eggs.  Obviously I didn't use eggs on my card, but I did use the sketch and I tried to capture some of the colors found in the inspiration photo.  Finally, I used three different patterned papers per the SSS Wednesday challenge to use two or more patterned papers.  The papers and the butterfly are from a Spellbinders kit from 2020 called Feeling Hoppy.   I die cut the two rectangles using the Spellbinders Essentials Rectangle dies.  The oval was cut with an original Spellbinders classic oval die.   The sentiment is from A Jillian Vance Design and was heat embossed in white on vellum.  Even with the patterned papers the card is very clean and simple. 



Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hope everyone is having a great week!   Today is St. Patrick's day and I have a St. Patty's day inspired card up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog.  Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out the project.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Monday, March 15, 2021

a shamrock and a peony...

 Hello!  Hope your week is off to a good start!  We have had a little bit of snow here in my corner of the Pacific Northwest.  The weather report actually calls for rain, but it is cold enough that the rain is coming down as snow!  Won't be sticking around, tho... thankfully!  I have two more cards to share.  I have been in a crafting mood lately and finally participated in a couple of challenges that I always want to take on, but mostly never seem to get the chance to do.  First up is a card for the current Inspired By challenge.   I have a couple of rainbow dies from MFT and used one that is sort of wonky to create my rainbow.  I die cut green glitter cardstock and gold mirror cardstock then alternated the two for my rainbow.  I die cut scrap white cardstock three more times with the die and adhered those to my top pieces to create a nice sturdy rainbow.   I die cut three small hearts using the AJVD Stitched Dot Hearts die set from green glitter cardstock to create my shamrock and the stem from the gold mirror cardstock.  I adhered the rainbow  to a panel of white cardstock and then added the shamrock.  I couldn't find one sentiment in my large collection of stamps that had anything to do with luck!  So I ended up using this lovely verse that is part of a sympathy stamp set from AJVD.  Originally I stamped it in green directly on my panel under the rainbow, but it wasn't straight!  I didn't like the look of the green so I when I restamped it on my banner I used watermark ink and embossed it in gold.  I like that much better!  Also sending this off to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use green.



This next card is for the MFT sketch challenge.  I always want to play along with that challenge because I love a good sketch, but never seem to find the time.  I did this weekend... yay!    I pulled out the MFT Peony Perfection stamp as it is perfect fot the sketch and I had never used it!   I love floral images, but get a little intimidated by how complex they can be.  I never know if I'm putting the shadow in the right place, but I decided that I just needed to get over that and color things how I think they should be and so I did!  I used my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers for the coloring as well as a couple of Polychromos color pencils.  I stamped the image using VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink on smooth bristol cardstock and started coloring.  Once the coloring was done I trimmed out the flower.  That was a trick, but I got it done!  I used the MFT Rectangle Extraordinaire to create the element across the card.  I blended on distress oxide in Tumbled Glass.  Going heavy on the top and fading down to the bottom.  I then die cut the panel with a rectangle die.  I adhered the flower in the center and then stamped the sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp) in Tumbled Glass distress oxide underneath.  I also discovered that apparently I do not own any stamps that actually say Happy Easter!  So funny!  Anywhoo.... I finished off the card with lots of sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.



Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Friday, March 12, 2021

circles and a hot air balloon...

 Hello!  Hope you had a great week.  We are ending out week here in the Pacific Northwest with lovely weather!   With the lovely weather comes gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier and the Olympic mountains.  Never get tired of either of those!  So... I have two cards to share.  The first one features circles.  I used the Color Throwdown combo for this card as well as a stencil from the Hello Beautiful release at Simon Says Stamp.   I used Speckled Egg and Pumice Stone distress oxide inks for the ink blending making sure to blend the two where they meet in the middle.  I then die cut the for you (from Simon Says Stamp) from kraft cardstock three times and adhered then together.  The stenciled panel was die cut with a Spellbinders essentials rectangle die and adhered to a light gray cardstock base.  I adhered the die cuts and a small happy birthday sentiment that I stamped using the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Word Mix stamp and die set.   


This next card is for Freshly Made Sketches and I used the Spellbinders February card kit.   All Spellbinders card kits include a die set and this one included the fun hot air balloon that I used for my card.   I started by die cutting the hot air balloon from scrap cardstock so I could create a piece to use as a backer.  I simply traced around the outside of the die cut and then cut out my backer.  I then die cut the balloon from patterned paper.  I adhered the backer to my patterned paper balloon and then pieced all the little sections of the balloon (minus a few pieces) back in.  I then die cut two more balloons from white cardstock and adhered the outlines over the top.  I finished off the balloon by adding Rainbow Fish pearl embellishments from Trinity Stamps.   I die cut the cloud patterned paper with a Spellbinders essentials rectangle, added the score lines and adhered it to a card base from the kit.   The sentiment is from the stamp set included in the kit and was stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocture.  I then adhered the balloon with foam dimensionals.  


Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.  Affiliate links are used where possible (at no cost to you!).

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Happy Wednesday!

 Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog and here is a little peek:

I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full card.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

floral cards...

 Hello!  Hope your week is going well.  We had some really nice weather the other day, but as is the case in the Pacific Northwest this was fleeting and our typical late winter/early spring weather returned... rain!  Oh well.  I have a couple of cards to share today.  First up is a card for this week's Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.   My card started out one way, but ended up as you see it now.    Originally I used my Glimmer to create the three panels that appear in the FMS layout, but they didn't foil completely and were a little off so I decided to scrap that idea.  I was going to use an old Simon Says Stamp set that contains images of daffodils with that card so I continued on with that part of the card idea, but switched the panels to crosses from another old Simon Says Stamp Easter set.   I stamped the daffodils in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them very simply with Copic markers.  I added some depth with Polychromos pencils.   I ink blended a panel with distress oxide ink in Squeezed Lemonade and Lucky Clover.  Funny aside... I could have sworn I had Mowed Lawn distress oxide ink, but I do not!   I die cut the crosses, adhered them to the panel and then added the daffodils.  I die cut the word Easter (it is part of the same set that the cross came from) from vellum four times and adhered them together.  I was going to leave it that way, but didn't like it so I added the glittered die cut to the top.  I still wasn't happy with the card so I decided to stamp some leaves, color them with a green Copic marker and then add them to the daffodils.  Still not sure about it... let me know what you think.




The second card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use florals.  I guess my first card works for that, as well.  I created this card using more products from my Spellbinders Whimsical Forest card kit.  One of the dies from the kit is the fun frame that you see.  I die cut it from gold cardstock, as well as additional cardstock and adhered them together.   I die cut some white cardstock, as well as patterned paper from the kit with the Spellbinders essentials rectangle dies.  I embossed the white layer and then layered them on a card base from the kit.  I then adhered the frame and all of the floral pieces that came from one of the ephemera packs from the kit.   The hello was created by die cutting the shadow image from white cardstock and then stamping the corresponding word hello in dark blue ink.  The sentiment was then adhered to the front of the card as you see.


Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

something a little different...

 I hope you found my blog title intriguing.  I have something a little different up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today.   Here is a little peek:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out my post.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

it's your day!

 Hey there!  Popping in with a fun little card I put together the other day.  My creativity has been lacking of late and so I pulled out the Spellbinders September card kit called Whimsical Forest.    There are tons of cute products in this kit!  A cute stamp set, fun dies, puffy stickers, ephemera pieces and so much more!  If you really want a card kit that is a great value check out the Spellbinders card kit club.  If you join a Spellbinders club not only do you get a great kit (there are die kits, glimmer kits, stamp, etc.) each month, but you also get extra savings on items from the Spellbinders website and a free gift at the end of the year!  A win, win in my book.  Just click here to find out more about the card kit program.   For my card I mainly used items from one of the two ephemera packs in the kit.  I just love that little gnome on the snail!  I found a little frame and a few other pieces that I liked to go along with the gnome.  I die cut patterned paper from the kit (you get an entire 6x6 paper pad!) using Spellbinders Essentials rectangle dies.  For the smaller of the two rectangled I used my Glimmer hot foil system, one of the plates from the t February glimmer kit and black foil to create the scalloped frame.   Once that was done I arranged and adhered all my pieces.  I finished with the puffy sticker sentiment and a few little puffy stars (also from the kit).  


The layout for the card is based on the sketch from the current Paper Players challenge so I will be posting my card there.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful Release

 Hey everyone!  I'm popping in to share three cards that I made using the Mix & Match Circle stencil from the brand new Hello Beautiful Release.  You can shop the release right here (affiliate link used).   The first card is my favorite.   I wanted to create a soft, dreamy background so I pulled out distress oxide inks in Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage and Speckled Egg.  I taped down my piece of white cardstock, taped the stencil on top and began my inking with the Spun Sugar in one area.  I moved to Bundled Sage and made sure to overlap some of the Bundled Sage on to the Spun Sugar circles.  I finished with Speckled Egg and then did some additional blendings of the other colors.  I die cut the panel with a Spellbinders Essentials die and adhered the panel to a white cardstock base.    The sentiment is the Hello Crafty Friend die from Simon Says Stamp.  I die cut the shadow from vellum, the words from white cardstock (3 times) and then adhered everything.  I adhered the sentiment to the card base along with some Rainbow Fish embellishments from Trinity Stamps. (Sorry the photo is so washed out!)

For the second card I used silver embossing paste on a piece of light aqua cardstock.  After the piece dried I die cut it with circle dies.   I stamped the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Hexagon Greetings in Delicata Silver Shimmer in on the same aqua cardstock and die cut it with the Hexagon die.   I arranged the circles and the hexagon greeting on a white cardstock panel and adhered that to a light gray cardstock base.   I finished off the card with some matte silver sequins that my dear friend Greta sent me recently.


For the final card I used some Tim Holtz Nebula Stickles Glitter gel on kraft cardstock.  The glitter gel is really pretty, but I wasn't super pleased with how the background turned out.   To deal with that I cut the panel into two pieces and used the one that I liked the best.  I added a little strip of black cardstock to my stenciled panel.  I adhered that to a white cardstock base.  I die cut the SSS Eucalyptus Leaves die from gold cardstock and adhered them to the stenciled panel.  I stamped the sentiment from the Birthday Word Mix stamp set in watermark ink and heat set it with gold embossing powder.  The sentiment was die cut with the matching Word Mix die.  I adhered the sentiment to the card and I was done.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.


Don't forget to check out the new release from Simon Says Stamp.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!  (Affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.)